Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday discharged a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, over examination malpractices charges.
Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order following an amendment of the charges which saw Adeleke’s name dropped as a defendant in the case.
The prosecuting counsel, Simon Lough, had told Justice Ekwo on Thursday that the prosecution decided to drop Adeleke’s name in the case due to his continued absence from the court which continued to stall the trial.
Adeleke had not attended court since he was granted permission by the court on May 6, 2019, to travel to the United States of America on health grounds.
The court had ordered him to return to the country by June 7, 2019.
Following the amendment of the charges on Thursday, Adeleke’s name was dropped from the case with the remaining defendants rearraigned on Friday.